NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College senior All-American swimmer Valerie Urban of Lancaster, Pa. has been honored on the College Sports Information Director's of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 2 At Large First Team.
Urban now advances the national ballot. The 2017 CoSIDA Division III Academic All-America Women's At Large Team is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, June 6.
A co-captain for the Camels, Urban and the Camels reached their pinnacle at the 2017 NCAA Championship, cracking the top 10 for the first time in program history. This 10th place finish was the third best performance at an NCAA Championship for any sports team competing in the Camel Athletic program. Urban capped off her career by placing eighth in 1650 yard freestyle, earning All-America accolades.
She received honorable mention All-America plaudits with her 14th place showing in the 500 yard freestyle. In the 800 yard freestyle relay, Urban swam the anchor leg for a team that placed 15th in another honorable mention All-America finish for Connecticut College.
Urban has been equally impressive in the classroom. Carrying a major in the biological sciences and a minor in Hispanic studies, Urban was one of 14 Connecticut College seniors recognized as a Winthrop Scholar. The designation of Winthrop Scholar is the highest academic honor bestowed by the College. Reserved for students who demonstrate exceptional scholarship, the honor is named for John Winthrop the Younger, who founded the city of New London and served as governor of Connecticut. Winthrop Scholars are also the first members of their class selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society of undergraduate higher education.
A three-time selection to the NESCAC All-Academic Team, Urban was awarded with the 2016 Sibyl A. Hausman Prize to a junior for excellence in biology offered by the biology department to honor Sibyl A. Hausman, the late Associate Professor Emeritus of Zoology.
At the conference level, Urban has posted All-NESCAC swims in seven different events. She captured the 2015 NESCAC Crown in the 1000 yard freestyle. Urban played a major role in the team's 15th place finish at the 2016 NCAA Championship, earning All-America honors by swimming the anchor leg for the Camels' 800 yard free relay team that finished eighth while also adding honorable mention All-America swims in the 1650 yard freestyle (16th Place) as well as the 200 yard butterfly (11th).